Possible shoulder issue

This has been an issue very recently where my shoulder has felt a little weaker. It is on and off where it feels weaker in the front part of the shoulder. When rotating my shoulder In a circle or pinching my shoulders back it makes a small
Clicking or cracking sound sometimes. Some days it feels fine but others it feels a little weak when throwing off the mound. Before I could throw a lot of pitches and be fine and I could still throw a lot of pitches but I feel weaker after fewer pitches than before. I have also noticed a small decrease in velocity this season. I throw 3/4 slot by the way with a little shorter arm swing. Any suggestions or insight on this issue? I am thinking it could be just an issue of strengthing my shoulder from throwing all these years, but I am all ears for any other theories.

Might be a slight case of dead arm. It used to happen to me every once in a while.

In an article titled, “Coming Back from Dead Arm”, by Ryan Sienko of the NPA, says:

“Since dead arm is a deficit issue, it is counter productive to work harder to cure it. Many pitchers overwork into a ‘black hole’ that is difficult from which to return. Ultimately they and their coaches are convinced that dead arm is due to not enough work, when in fact it is just the opposite. The body has been put in a deficit from over use. Dead arm is a result of this deficit which is the body’s way of not letting us overextend it. The body is basically trying to protect itself from injury.”

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This is becoming more popular, so I am going to throw this out there: you may be having the dreaded Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).

My son has the same crackling/clicking situation you described. After looking for answers elsewhere, I was watching a ball game and the announcers were discussing TOS. Something clicked, and I read up on it. Many pitchers who have suffered slightly decreasing velocity and stamina have been diagnosed with TOS. They can’t seem to get stronger and throw faster.
There are exercises a trainer can recommend to help develop the chest/shoulder areas : https://www.google.com/search?q=thoracic+outlet+syndrome+exercises+and+stretches&rlz=1C1CHBH_enUS782US782&oq=Thorasic+outlet+syndrome+exercises&aqs=chrome.4.69i57j0l5.19260j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Going down the TOS path is difficult because from what I understand, there isn’t one thing that a doctor can specifically point to and definitively come up with a diagnose as TOC. It’s kind of a last resort diagnoses and proceeding from there is more like exploratory therapy. MLB teams can afford to do those type of things, but I know I wasn’t going to go down that path with my son so late in the game.

That’s a start. Good luck.